Monday, February 22, 2010

“A Conversation with Jennifer Baszile”

STRATFORD - The first black woman to teach history at Yale University is the guest speaker at an upcoming event at the Stratford Library.
The “One Book, One Stratford," community-wide reading event begun last January at the Stratford Library continues through March with “A Conversation with Jennifer Baszile” at 6:30 p.m. March 2.
"The idea behind the “One Book” program is that everyone in town reads the same book at the same time, much like a town-wide book club," organizers said.
The library chose Baszile’s acclaimed memoir about growing up black in a white suburb in Los Angeles, "The Black Girl Next Door," as the town’s selection, organizers said in a statement.
At the special library event, Baszile, shown, will meet and discuss her memoir in an informal setting with an intergenerational audience including area teenagers as well as adult patrons, the statement said.
Baszile earned her bachelor's degree from Columbia and her doctorate in American history from Princeton, the statement said.
She was the first black female professor to join Yale University's history department and has been named one of the "Thirty Leaders of the Future" by Ebony magazine. She currently lives in Connecticut.
“A Conversation with Jennifer Baszile” will be held in the Stratford Library Lovell Room. Co-sponsored by Simon & Schuster, it is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will follow the program.
For more information call the library Public Relations & Programming Office at 203-385-4162 or visit

Editor's note: the information contained here was provided wholly by the Stratford Library. It is lightly edited here.

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